L'Hermione Weekend
June 5 - 7, 2015

L'Hermione comes to Yorktown! The current L'Hermione is a handcrafted replica of the tall ship France's Major General Marquis de Lafayette sailed to the Colonies in 1780 to aid them with their conflicts with the British. In 1781, he sailed up the York River to help General George Washington in a campaign that ultimately ended the Revolutionary War and thus sealed a great bond between the United States and France. Construction of the replica began in 1997 and the ship was finally ready for its transatlantic journey in April of this year. To commemorate the Victory at Yorktown, L'Hermione's first official stop on its historic journey was Yorktown, Virginia.

The Fifes and Drums of York Town played a major role in the weekend's festivities. On Friday, the Corps performed at a marker dedication ceremony commemorating the event and led a group of dignitaries aboard the ship. They were also lucky enough to get to tour the ship! Later in the day, they played at the Yorktown Monument for a wreath laying ceremony. On Saturday, the Corps performed at Market Days on Main Street and played for guests as they arrived at a Captain's Dinner. On Sunday, the group had a performance at the Monument, one down by the ship on the river, and another at the Visitor's Center. With their incredible dedication, this young group of volunteers helped make the event especially memorable for Yorktown and all its guests.

Photos by T. Aulenbach, S. Krist, and S. Utne.

For more information please contact: corps@fifes-and-drums.org